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Old 12-01-2010, 10:31 AM   #11
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Chevy does have a long and short wheel base Express 3500 with a diesel in the 2011 model. The max tow rating is 9900 lb.
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Old 12-01-2010, 02:45 PM   #12
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Old 12-01-2010, 07:26 PM   #13
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That it is legal for passengers to ride in a 5th wheel with two way communication to the TV. I would love to ride in the trailer
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Old 12-01-2010, 08:45 PM   #14
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Not in every state unfortunately. Still illegal in PA as well as others.
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:22 PM   #15
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Not in every state unfortunately. Still illegal in PA as well as others.
O well I wouldn't let that stop me. But that just me
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Old 12-01-2010, 10:39 PM   #16
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Sounds like a 3/4 or 1 ton diesel passenger van is in your future....
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:50 PM   #17
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My last tow vehicle was a E350 XLT Ford passenger van with seating for 12. Even when we traveled with 9 in the van it felt empty, and it truly drove like a dream even with a fairly large trailer in tow. I would highly highly recommend this type of van. Of all the vehicles I have ever owned it was my all time favorite to drive.

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Old 12-04-2010, 08:29 AM   #18
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In 2008 when i started looking at trucks, i was not sure what to buy. The first truck i looked at was a Chevy pick up 3/4 ton 6.2 Duramax the price on this truck was around $55,000, now when i checked in to the cost of maintaning this truck because it was a diesel for the amount of towing i was going to do and how much weight it would tow vs. what i had to tow this was an over kill of power and equipment and more money spent then needed.

Now this has been talked about before on the forum "Diesel vs. Gas". There are pros and cons between both but in the end it is operating cost and recovery time for the amount of time on the road.

I ended up with a $28,000 pick up truck that has a 6.0 gas engine that will tow what i need with room to spare and the the price of fuel is cheaper and cost less to maintain. We are week end campers and still work full time so there is not a lot of towing going on to justify the recover cost on a diesel at this time....Just some thing to think about.
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In 2008 when i started looking at trucks, i was not sure what to buy. The first truck i looked at was a Chevy pick up 3/4 ton 6.2 Duramax the price on this truck was around $55,000, now when i checked in to the cost of maintaning this truck because it was a diesel for the amount of towing i was going to do and how much weight it would tow vs. what i had to tow this was an over kill of power and equipment and more money spent then needed.

Now this has been talked about before on the forum "Diesel vs. Gas". There are pros and cons between both but in the end it is operating cost and recovery time for the amount of time on the road.

I ended up with a $28,000 pick up truck that has a 6.0 gas engine that will tow what i need with room to spare and the the price of fuel is cheaper and cost less to maintain. We are week end campers and still work full time so there is not a lot of towing going on to justify the recover cost on a diesel at this time....Just some thing to think about.
All of your comments are valid as long as you are towing under about 10K. However there are lots of folks who tow way heavier than that. What current gas motor is there that can tow my 13,350 pound fiver and get 10 MPG in the process? When towing up near the limits, there is nothing like a diesel motor for torque and economy. Now for the weekend thing? So what? My 8000 pound dually is getting 13.5-14.5 as a daily driver on my 10 mile commute. Maintenance costs? I have to install three gallons of oil once a year instead of 5 quarts. That is not such a big deal in the grand scheme of things at the end of the year if you look at the total maintenance costs. Your gas motor has spark plugs, my diesel does not. I just don't see where you get your comments except maybe from an uneducated internet prospective and not real life.
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diesel......gas......

Oh boy, here we go......



Seriously though, I recommend a van based on your need to haul six people.

If they're still small kids, you can get away with a crew cab. If the trailer is fairly light, you can get away with a larger gas engine.

But if you need room to haul adults (or kids that like to "pick" at each other) and the trailer is heavier, I would recommend a 1 ton diesel van.

First trip you take and don't have people sitting on top of each other fro a couple hours, or have enough enough room to seperate teh kids a bit and still haul all the gear that six people are going to require you'll be glad you have the space, capacity and CGVWR that one ton diesel van is going to give you.

If it's you're only vehicle, well, that big of a van can be somewhat cumbersome in day to day use.

Problem is, if it's going to be your only vehicle your needs don't really line up with each other.

Something is going to suffer somewhere. you just have to choose what you're willing to sacrifice....
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